In Head Start and Early Head Start, home visitors regularly meet with families to support them in enhancing their children's healthy development, safety, well-being, and school readiness. Home visitors are required to have knowledge and experience in child development and early childhood education; principles of child health, safety, and nutrition; adult learning principles; and family dynamics.
This brief, user-friendly guide provides home visitors with effective strategies to assess, promote, and model good hygiene. It includes specific techniques to share with families to help prevent illness and suggestions to integrate healthy behaviors into a home visit. Pages 8 and 9 include a handy chart that summarizes opportunities to share health best practices ("Health Moments"), how the health practices combat germs, and related activities and conversation starters.